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More Frodo than Joan de Arc

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The View from my Window

Here I am, a month off course, and ready to finally take the big leap. It has been a hard winter for many, myself included. I have been ready to roll for weeks, but not with bronchitis and not without any cash at all. Today I am breathing deeply and my little paycheck will be in my hands within days. Enough to make it all work.

Another consideration has been the weather. This winter has been a very hard one all across the country, even the Deep South. My plan was to go there first and avoid the deep freeze in the north, but then the snow and freezing weather went south before I did. But, freezing or not I will be heading out.

There is a certain excitement in the traveling, even for the purpose in which I am engaged. I have my maps, a guide book or two. I will be going by bus, so I must travel light. I have to carry my equipment-camera, computer, recorder, phone, and whatnot, plus food and water, in one carry-on bag. The other bag will have everything else. On the bus, you never know when you will have to schlep.

I am more like Frodo than Joan de Arc. I would gladly spend my days busying myself around the little piece of the world I call home, studying all the things that are fascinating and enjoying the passing days. But, I see the world (both my little corner and everyplace else) sinking into ever greater darkness. I often think that if I had been lived in France during the World War II, I would have been compelled to be part of the resistance no matter what my temperament.

Packing Up

Today, the uber-rich have been waging a vicious class war on the rest of us for a good many years, and we have not, for the most part, offered any resistance. This is finally changing.  The events in Wisconsin over the last few days should act as a clarion call to the rest of us. The uber-rich have caused a depression for the rest of us while they rake in record profits on our backs. They have used the corrupt doctrine of corporate personhood to purchase the federal government, and therefore delegitimize it. And now they want to all but dismantle that government, except for the military of course.

This is evil. Plain and simple. Wage slavery and economic colonization is just as evil as the old kind of slavery and the old kind of colonization. Ownership of one person by another is always wrong, no matter how it is framed. I am concentrating on America because I am an American, but this war, waged by the rich on people and planet is and has been a global affair. In fact, American citizens are the last victims, not the first.

I am not saying that every uber-rich person, as an individual, is evil. But, as a class, the uber-rich are destructive, anti-democratic, and wicked. They hide behind the un-workable ideology of laissez-faire capitalism, making the Orwellian claim that free markets = free people, when the opposite is clearly true. Having purchased Washington, they have caused the anti-trust laws to be all but forgotten, thereby allowing them to buy the mass media and ruin the free press in the United States. All of these things make the uber-rich a wicked class. It also make them traitors to their country, sanctimonious flag waving notwithstanding.

When faced with evil it is necessary to act, however powerless one feels. So, off I go on my odyssey into the wide world. My gift is that of the wordsmith. I can’t feed the victims of this depression, nor give them shelter, but I can at least give them a voice.

Revised Itinerary

January 2, 2011 2 comments

Planning the Journey

I have rethought my itinerary a bit. There are six major east-west routes across the country starting with the I-10 at the farthest south, and ending with the I-94 running along the Canadian border. At first I was concerned about going to close to Juarez, but I will not even be getting off the bus. So I think it will be O.K.

I plan on making three passes, going out on one interstate and back on another. I can take north south routes to explore an area or follow a lead. Hopefully I can get down some smaller highways as well.


San Francisco January 9th, 10th

Santa Cruz January 11th

Los Angeles January 12th, 13th, 14th

Phoenix January 15th, 16th

Tucson January 17th, 18th

Austin January 19th, 20th, 21st

New Orleans January 23st, 24th, 25th

Mobile January 23rd, 24th, 25th

Panama City January 26th, 27th, 28th

Miami January 29th, 30th, 31st

Jacksonville February 1st, 2nd

Savannah February 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Fayetteville February 5th, 6th

Raleigh February 7th, 8th

Atlanta February 9th, 10th

Shreveport February 11th, 12th

Dallas February 13th, 14th, 15th

Amarillo February 16th, 17th

Albuquerque February 18th, 19th, 20th

Flagstaff February 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Las Vegas February 24th, 25th

San Francisco February 26th


Annabel’s Odyssey Initial Itinerary

December 30, 2010 4 comments

Planning the Journey

I am looking at the Rand McNally Road Atlas for the USA, that first big map of the lower 48 in the very front. I am concentrating for the moment on the southern states. The even numbered highways go east-west, and the odd ones go north-south. I am trying to stay on I-10 and I-20 for the most part. How long I stay in each place will depend mostly on luck and the people I meet. And if I hear of a contact with a good story I will veer off course temporarily. That is the beauty of the Discovery Pass.

The route is a concession to the weather, though I gather it has been freezing the last few days at some points along the route. Being poor is hard work, much harder when is is freezing cold. And I am not talking about the homeless necessarily. Taking public transportation, getting food, and standing in line are all harder in the winter in the north.

If you know someone around those parts that is a member of the new poor that I should meet or if you know any local news jockeys that would talk to me about the project please let me know in the comments.

San Francisco January 9th, 10th

Santa Cruz January 11th

Los Angeles January 12th, 13th, 14th

Phoenix January 15th, 16th

Flagstaff January 17th, 18th

Albuquerque January 19th, 20th

Dallas January 21st, 22nd

Austin January 23rd, 24th, 25th

New Orleans January 26th, 27th, 28th

Mobile January 29th, 30th

Panama City January 31st, February 1st, 2nd

Miami February 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Jacksonville February 5th, 6th

Savannah February 7th, 8th

Fayetteville February 9th, 10th

Raleigh February 11th, 12th

Atlanta February 13th, 14th, 15th

Memphis February 16th, 17th, 18th

Little Rock February 19th, February 20th

Oklahoma City February 21st, 22nd

Las Vegas February 23rd, 24th, 25th